The origin of Father’s Day

  • For Father’s Day, Juan and Rachel Johnson are planting Koa trees at Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary to remember their visit to Hawaii. From left are their children, Kamden, Tatum and Leila. (Voltaire Moise/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Father’s Day has been celebrated for over 100 years in the United States. It was founded by Sonora Smart Dodd in Spokane, Washington, at the local YMCA in 1910. Her father, William Jackson Smart, was a Civil War veteran who raised his six children as a single parent. In Catholic countries of Europe it has been celebrated as St. Joseph’s Day since the Middle Ages.